Event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Break Time

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The players are on the final twenty-minute break of the day

Event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Will Jaffe Takes a Big Lead Into the Final Day of Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
The gold
The gold

Day 2 of Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em has been passed to the poker historians and the man whose name is inscribed in the space reserved for the chip leader is Will Jaffe. Jaffe will be returning for the final day with 1,947,000 chips. It was a fast and furious Day 2 that started with two hundred and sixty-five players, of which fifteen reserved their spaces in the final day. Here are the milestones of a great day of poker.

When the festivities began the dealers were doing most of the work (or more accurately their voices). Screams of "all-in" and "call" filled the air that was once occupied by the carnival smoke emanating from the One Drop area. We lost multiple World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Huck Seed and legendary WSOP casher Tom McCormick. At the same time Benjamin Volpe became our early chip leader.

Two-time WSOP final tablist, John Eames, spun 5,000 into 50,000 and the dangerous German, Martin Finger, found pocket queens too strong for his pocket fours. Finger left, Eames moved up and down like a ship in the North Sea and Jonas Mackoff eliminated Matt Stout.

Will Jaffe was one of the bigger stacks that ended Day 1 and it wasn't long before he started to push his weight around on Day 2. Two-time WSOP bracelet holder Dutch Boyd was the first player to get in Jaffe's way when the unfortunate Boyd lost {Q-} {Q-} v {J-Hearts} {J-Clubs} after the {J-Diamonds} hit the turn. Jaffe moved into the chip lead and it was a lead that he would maintain for several levels of play.

The ladies were well represented as we moved into the pre dinner break level. Katherine Dozier, Sofia Lovgren and Wendy Freeman all creating healthy enough stacks to help them wade through the treacle that $1k events can often create.

When we came back after the dinner break, we still had a host of WSOP bracelet holders who were in the hunt for more gold. David 'Bakes' Baker started to really get a run of form going and as Eames was doubling through Jaffe, Bakes was taking advantage by replacing him at the top. Then we lost two bracelet winners in quick succession when Ray Foley and Alex Kravchenko were eliminated as we moved into the final 2-levels of the day; Kravchenko eliminated by another WSOP bracelet holder David Singontiko.

Into the final levels and Bakes stepped on the gas winning a big pot from Jeff Fielder before eliminating Wendy Freedman to move over the one million chip mark. Ken Fishman and Will Jaffe left David Singontiko's hopes of a second gold bracelet hanging by a thread and we lost all of the ladies when Kathy Dozier and Sofia Lovgren both bowed out gracefully.

Jason Tomkins took out Brett Shaffer, Ryan Pringle and eventually the last thread of Singontiko, and he moved into the top three, nestled just behind the new chip leader Ken Fishman and second placed David Baker. Then in the final thirty-minutes Jaffee won a 1.3 million flip against Gianluca Rullo and then won a crucial pot against Baker to cement his place as the number one going into Day 3.

At 1:00 PM we will recommence our mission to slip a WSOP gold bracelet onto the wrist of one lucky man. Please make sure you join us at PokerNews as we bring you all of the action.

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Final Counts of the Night

Will Jaffe us 1,947,000 597,000
Ken Fishman us 1,400,000 350,000
Jason Tompkins ie 907,000 -43,000
Carl Le 870,000 470,000
Benjamin Grise us 698,000 198,000
David 'Bakes' Baker 574,000 434,000
Muhamet Perati it 542,000 307,000
Nghi Van Tran us 531,000 81,000
Benjamin Volpe 476,000 136,000
Joseph Kuether us 426,000 -34,000
Luis Campelo 274,000 -216,000
Ian Chan ca 229,000 -206,000
Jeff Fielder us 226,000 -207,000
Clayton Fletcher us 224,000 -318,000

Baker Takes Huge Dive

We don't know how the action went preflop, but with a board reading {Q-Spades}{3-Clubs}{5-Spades}{j-Clubs} Will Jaffe bet out 33,000. David Baker then raised it to 83,000. Jaffe made the call and both players were allowed to see the river.

The {7-Diamonds} on the river brought a check from Jaffe, and a bet of 156,000 from Baker. Jaffe then raised and mandated 365,000 as the bet. Baker made the call and was in for some bad news.

Jaffe had {J-}{J-} for a set of jacks, while Baker held a weaker {J-}{Q-} for two pair. This hand allows for Jaffe to become quite the chip leader with a substantial amount more than anyone else left in the field.

David 'Bakes' Baker 140,000 -860,000

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John Eames Eliminated in 18th Place ($17,915)

John Eames has had to play a very patient game in the past few levels. In the end he moved 140,000 into the middle, in early position, leaving him 12-15k behind. Ken Fishman called on his left shoulder and everyone else folded.

Flop: {Q-Clubs} {9-Diamonds} {8-Hearts}

Eames put his last few chips into the middle and Fishman made the call. It was {7-Clubs} {7-Spades} for Fishman and {A-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds} for Eames. The turn {4-Spades} and river {8-Clubs} not handing Eames the help he required and he was out.

Ken Fishman us 1,050,000 -150,000
John Eames gb Busted

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Final Two Tables

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Table 362

Seat 1Ian Chan 
Seat 2Jason Tompkins 
Seat 3Benjamin Volpe 
Seat 4Muhamet Perati 
Seat 5Will Jaffe 
Seat 6Benjamin Grise 
Seat 7David Baker 
Seat 8Joseph Kuether 
Seat 9David Smart 

Table 356

Seat 1Luis Campelo 
Seat 2Carl Le 
Seat 3John Eames 
Seat 4Ken Fishman 
Seat 5Nghi Van Tran 
Seat 6Robert Brown 
Seat 7Jeff Fielder 
Seat 8Clayton Fletcher 
Seat 9Brett Schwertley 

Will Jaffe Eliminates Gianluca Rullo

Will Jaffe has just taken the chip lead in a 1.3 million flip against the Italian Gianluca Rullo.

Jaffe opened to 25,000 on the button, Rullo three-bet to 80,000 from the big blind, Jaffe four-bet to 145,000, Rullo pushed 340,000 across the line, Jaffe moved all-in and Rullo called.

It was {Q-Diamonds} {Q-Spades} for Rullo and {A-Clubs} {K-Clubs} for Jaffe. The {K-Spades} {10-Hearts} {7-Hearts} flop throwing Jaffe into the lead and the {4-Hearts} and {7-Clubs} confirming the result. It was a close count but Jaffe just about had Rullo covered and he was out in twentieth place.

Will Jaffe us 1,350,000 600,000
Gianluca Rullo Busted

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